Urginea: The Cheapest Bulb in the World?

Greg Ruckert greg@alpacamanagement.com
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 05:48:53 PDT
I had a similar thought today as I drove past my clump of Merwilla thrusting 
their flower spikes upwards, doing a good impersination of Urginea but with 
leaves.
Greg Ruckert
Nairne
South Australia

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cynthia Mueller" <cynthiasbulbs@hotmail.com>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 9:01 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Urginea: The Cheapest Bulb in the World?


> If Scilla natalensis has blue flowers, I will bite! Now, does anyone know 
> of a good source? -Cynthia Mueller, College Station, Tx
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Sep 9, 2013, at 9:52 PM, "Roy Herold" <rherold@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> The recent discussion about the Home Depot urginea has me wondering if
>> they might be the cheapest bulb in the world, in terms of dollars per
>> kilogram (or pound)? Are the 'narcissus for naturalizing' cheaper? What
>> about 'alliums for eating'?
>>
>> Tubers/rhizomes excluded--potatoes, turnips, etc don't count...
>>
>> Slightly off topic, is it possible that Cynthia's blue urginea might be
>> Scilla natalensis (Merwilla plumbaea)? These bulbs can certainly get to
>> a similar size, and have nice blue flowers.
>>
>> --Roy
>> NW of Boston
>> Where lots of cheap cyclamen are blooming (never paid more than ten
>> cents for a seed), and where Scilla natalensis (free seeds) will
>> probably never bloom...
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